Letter: Community support enhances parents retreat
Parents As Advocates hosted its fifth annual retreat this October, and we were once again blessed with many donations for our moms of children with special needs.
We wanted to express our gratefulness to the following people and companies for their generosity: Michelle and Donna from Thirty-one and Miche Bag, Diana Cesena from Arbonne International, Arlington Park Race Course, WBIG, Build a Bear, Chili’s, Zano Salon, Nora Kadolph, Olive Garden in Oswego, Paramount Theatre, Protected Tomorrows, Scitech Hands on Museum, Stage Coach Players, Super Duper Publications, Top Secret, Inc., Jessica Peterin of Tupperware, Donna Peters of Lia Sophia, Marguerite Ledone of Pampered Chef, Misty Weir of Tastefully Simple, Barb Cocoran of Avon, Jerky Direct, the John G. Shedd Aquarium, Legoland Discovery Center, Liberty Chiropractic, Lori Winans of Mary Kay Cosmetics, Jan Gentner of Massage Envy, Mt. Olympus in the Wisconsin Dells, Fermilab Arts and Lecture, Funway, the Holiday Inn, Catherine Finn Photography, Geneva Underground Playhouse, Advanced Physical Medicine, Genoa Pizza of Sugar Grove, Dawn Aagesen of Mary Kay Cosmetics, Mon Ami Gabi, Audrey Ritchey of Tastefully Simple, Wilson Travel and Cruis, Kari Lody of Avon, Inspireavisin, Jamie Garlick, and Lexis Nail Spa.
We also had several people give their time to make our moms feel cared for and well-rested. Our massage therapists included Annie Moore of Atrium Wellness Massage, Terry Roat, and Kim Ortegal. Dr. Michael Maniacci was our keynote speaker and taught us how to get off of our rollercoaster lives for a bit. Cindy Snow led a yoga class and Jennifer Cesario organized an NIA class. Kathy Westlock of Essential Body Wear helped us all get fitted for bras and gave us a much needed lift! Knuckleheads Tavern also supplied karaoke this year.
We come back from this retreat ready to face the challenges of another year, and it is something we look forward to for 11 months. Sometimes it is the only break we get and our sincerest thanks go out to those who make the retreat such a wonderful experience.